Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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May 11, 2016

CCFA to Study Impact of Specific Diets on Crohn’s Disease

By Kanaaz Pereira kanaazpe

One of the first questions that people diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have is, “What can I eat, and will changing my diet help with the symptoms or even cure my disease?”  The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) has been given $2.5 million to investigate the value of a carbohydrate-rich diet and a Mediterranean-style diet in preventing relapse in […]

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Tags: Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), dietary changes, Food and Crohn's Exacerbation Study (FACES), IBD, Sunanda Kane


May 6, 2016

Can Oral Contraceptives Worsen Crohn’s Disease?

By Kanaaz Pereira kanaazpe

A new study, published in Gastroenterology, suggests that long-term use of combination oral contraceptives may increase the risk for surgery among women with established Crohn’s disease. The research team evaluated the association between oral contraceptives and risk for Crohn’s disease complications, including need for surgery and steroid use. They found that steroid use did not […]

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Tags: Crohn's disease, Gastroenterology, IBD, oral contraceptives, Sunanda Kane, surgery


March 26, 2016

Biologic Drugs – Are They Safe to Use During Pregnancy?

By Kanaaz Pereira kanaazpe

One of the major medical therapies used to treat chronic inflammatory conditions such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, or psoriasis are anti-tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) agents. These include, but are not limited to drugs like Remicade, Simponi, Humira and Cimzia. Women who are pregnant, and taking these medications are always concerned about […]

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Tags: Anti-TNF agents, Cimzia, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Crohn's disease, Humira, IBD, pregnancy, psoriasis, Remicade, rheumatoid arthritis, Simponi, Sunanda Kane


March 24, 2016

The New Birth Trend That’s All About Bacteria

By Kanaaz Pereira kanaazpe

It may sound strange, but some women who give birth by caesarean section (C-section) are covering their newborn in fluid swabbed from their vagina! A baby born vaginally is exposed to a plethora of different bacteria as it comes down the birth canal; these bacteria set up the child’s microbiome, (bacteria in human skin, guts, and […]

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Tags: bacteria, C-section, cesarean section, IBD, immune system, microbiome, Nature Medicine, Sunanda Kane


December 20, 2015

Pregnancy Concerns in Women With IBD

By Kanaaz Pereira kanaazpe

Women with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are at increased risk for adverse birth outcomes such as preterm delivery and small for gestational age (SGA) infants, and most recognized cases have underlying placental causes. Dr. Sunanda Kane, M.D., discusses a study, published in Annals of Gastroenterology that examined whether women with IBD have a higher rate of […]

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Tags: Annals of Gastroenterology, Crohn's disease, IBD, placental inflammation, pregnancy, Sunanda Kane, ulcerative colitis


December 4, 2015

Faecal Testing and IBD

By Kanaaz Pereira kanaazpe

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), mainly consisting of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, are lifelong intestinal disorders, and disease flares are often unpredictable and significantly affect the patient’s quality of life. Sunanda Kane, M.D., discusses stool tests for pediatric and adult patients with inflammatory bowel disease, focusing  on two proteins that may help identify active inflammation. Read […]

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Tags: IBD, protein, stool testing, Sunanda Kane


November 9, 2015

Highlights of ACG’s Annual Scientific Meeting 2015

By Kanaaz Pereira kanaazpe

For five days, from October 16 to October 21, 2015, renowned experts in the field of gastroenterology offered clinical insights and real-world perspectives at the American College of Gastroenterology’s Annual Scientific Meeting in Hawaii. Dr. Sunanda Kane, M.D., summarizes some of the bigger studies that were presented at the meeting, including key research done on 6-mercaptopurine (6-MP), (Purinethol) Azathioprine, […]

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Tags: American College of Gastroenterology, IBD, Sunanda Kane


October 13, 2015

C-Section Delivery Not a Risk Factor for IBD

By Kanaaz Pereira kanaazpe

Cesarean section, also known as C-section,  versus vaginal delivery has been explored as a risk factor for developing inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). During birth, bacteria from the mother and the surrounding environment colonize the infant’s gut, and during C-section delivery this direct contact is absent. Dr. Sunanda Kane, M.D., discusses the most recent findings published in Gastroenterology, which suggest […]

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Tags: cesarean section, gut microbiomes, IBD, Sunanda Kane


September 25, 2015

The Success of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) in IBD Patients

By Kanaaz Pereira kanaazpe

The ability to become pregnant is an issue that many women face, and having inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) certainly adds to the many challenges. Women who undergo colectomy and ileal pouch–anal anastomosis (IPAA or J-pouch) are at an increased risk for infertility due to surgical factors, and often consider using assisted reproductive techniques such as in vitro fertilization […]

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Tags: American Journal of Gastroenterology, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, colectomy, IBD, J-pouch, Sunanda Kane


June 19, 2015

The Safety of Therapeutic Drugs in Male IBD Patients Wishing to Conceive

By Kanaaz Pereira kanaazpe

Sunanda Kane, M.D., discusses a recent study in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics about how male infertility can be impacted  with therapeutic drugs used to treat inflammatory bowel disease. Specifically, Dr. Kane focuses on the effects of azathioprine, sulfasalazine, and methotrexate. Azathioprine is used to induce remission in patients with chronic IBD. Follow-up data to a pilot […]

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Tags: Azathioprine, IBD, male infertility, methotrexate, sulfasalazine, Sunanda Kane


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